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November 18, 2008 AGENDA ITEM 6 REQUEST AUTHORIZE NEGOTIATIONS WITH ALTAMONT RACEWAY FOR POTENTIAL USE OF CITY PROPERTY FOR A MOTORSPORTS AND BIKE PARK EXECUTIVE SUMMARY On November 7, 2008, the City received a letter from Altamont Motorsports Park (attached) requesting that the City consider the development of a motorsports and bike park on the City-owned property (Holly Sugar property). Staff requests that Council consider the proposal and authorize staff to begin negotiations with the proposers for the purchase or lease of property for proposed development. BACKGROUND The City of Tracy received a proposal letter from Altamont Motorsports Park on November 7, 2008 requesting the use of City-owned property to develop a motorsports and bike park. The conceptual motorsports park could include: • A 3.7 mile road course for stockcars, sports cars, open wheel cars, kart and endurance racing. • A one-half mile dirt motocross course for motorcycle racing. • A one mile Dirt Rallycross course for off-road and 4 x 4 trucks and cars, motorcycles and buggies. • A 1/6 mile dirt bicycle motocross course for BMX events. Staff is requesting authorization from the City Council to negotiate with Altamont Motorsports for sale or lease of City-owned property. During negotiations, the project’s compatibility with the City’s General Plan, surrounding uses and other potential uses will be determined. RECOMMENDATION Staff recommends the City Council authorize City staff to begin negotiations with Altamont Motorsports Park for use of City-owned property for a motorsports and bike park and return to Council with terms for an agreement for Council consideration. FISCAL IMPACT There is no impact to the General Fund for this action. Attachment: Letter from Altamont Motorsports Park Prepared by: Rod Buchanan, Interim Director of Parks and Community Services Department Approved by: Leon Churchill, Jr., City Manager Attachment to Staff Report November 7, 2008 Mr. Rod Buchanan Director of Parks & Community Services City of Tracy 333 Civic Center Plaza Tracy, California Dear Mr. Buchanan: On behalf of Mr. Jeff Macey and Mr. Melvin Andrews I want to thank you for your gracious hospitality and for the time spent meeting with us to discuss our ideas for a multi- venue recreational motorsports facility in the City of Tracy. Attached hereto is a brief summary of and description of our concept for the Tracy Motorsports & Bike Park. While the opportunity exists to host large spectator events, the facility is primarily conceived towards meeting the recreational needs of local, non-professional motorsports enthusiasts. For that reason, proposed seating is limited at each of the venues. It is contemplated that for higher attendance events, temporary seating will be installed. Please note that paving is contemplated on only the road course and that the other venues will not be paved. Concession and restroom facilities will be centralized so that the areas devoted to their use will be minimized. Finally, while referred to as a “motorsports park” we want to point out the inclusion of a BMX track, which is of course, utilized by pedal powered bicycles. In addition, we are retaining an architectural firm to design the freeway monument that will not only publicize the motorsports facility but also provide exposure and use by the City and local merchants. Please do not hesitate to call me directly with all questions and comments from you and your associates. Sincerely, Stephen R. Nasser Partner 415.277.2297 direct Tracy Motorsports & Bike Park Road Course – Planned as a 3.7 mile traditional road course with multiple left and right hand corners across light uphill and downhill contours for stockcars, sports cars, open-wheel, kart and endurance racing. The variable length track will feature more than a dozen different racing configurations and also allow three (3) road racing events to occur simultaneously. Additionally, the straight-away will provide a 1/8th mile drag strip for street legal racing. Situated at various strategic points around the course will be up to eighty (120) garages with rooftop viewing accommodations. There will be viewing accommodations for up to 1,500 persons dispersed at multiple locations around the course. Dirt Motocross - Planned as a ½ mile all-dirt motocross course with steep-banked turns, multiple height jumps and a rhythm section providing airborne, shoulder-to-shoulder two- wheeled individual and dual racing. Storage for up to sixty (60) users will be provided adjacent to the course. Limited viewing is planned for not more than 500 persons in a single location. Restrooms and concessions will be provided from a central location within the park. Dirt Rallycross – Planned as a 1.0 mile rallycross, off-road and 4x4 for trucks, cars, bikes, four- wheelers and all types of buggies offering the excitement of desert and dirt racing, the finesse and style of international rallying and the strategic demands of 4x4 stage runs. Limited viewing areas for spectators. Dirt BMX – Planned as a 1/6th mile dirt BMX track for non-motorized two-wheelers and younger participants offering steep-banked turns, multiple height jumps and a rhythm section providing airborne, shoulder-to-shoulder racing action for small group. This course will attract primarily families with children ages 6-18. Spectator viewing for up to 300 persons will be provided along with centralized restrooms and concessions. Track lighting provided.
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